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Beauty In The Barnacles
by pat medlin

Sunday, March 03, 2013
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Too long restrained

her long sleek body

adorned of polished teak

and glistening metal

creaks and groans

straining taunt against

lines tethering her freedom...

freedom to challenge

once more

the unyielding unforgiving power

and majesty of the sea...

freedom to unfurl in glory

her billowing sails

in the face of ever fickle winds.

While I, the conflicted

reluctant mate

gaze in mute wonder

at the aged blackend

poles of the wharf...

reveling in the safety and beauty

of the craggy barnacles

securely harbored thereon.







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Reviewed by Isabella Koldras 3/25/2013

"Beauty in the eye of beholder".
Wonderful poem to demonstrate and appreciate the freedom
of having your own sailboat and be able to sample the real life,
on board adventure and power of the nature at the open sea.
Thank you, Pat, for changing my perception of beauty
in the barnacles,....they are definitely more than coarse
living structure, glued to the polished body of boat.
With warm regards Isabella.

Reviewed by Amor Sabor 3/13/2013
Excellent depiction in these lines...I can almost taste the saltiness of the sea in this
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 3/11/2013
Marvelous juxtaposition of stillness and motion. I like Ronald Hull's comment very much, because he takes this beyond literal, and this feels very much beyond literal. Beautiful writing, Pat. ~~ Diana
Reviewed by William Bonilla 3/9/2013
You love boats and savor your poetry of them

as this gem of a scribe describes.....Peace and love be with you

Reviewed by Dark Knight 3/7/2013
I love the sea and ships that sail the ocean blue and this poem is a beauty from one as gifted as you
Reviewed by John Domino 3/6/2013
I feel the wind and the saltof the sea. Oh how I long to be with thee. Nice poetry!
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 3/5/2013
I sense an allegory about the daughter or son leaving home. But then it could really be a magnificent sailboat that you have admired, only to leave and leave only the barnacles behind.

Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 3/5/2013
Sea and harbor one with beauty to seek.
Splendid writing harbored theron from your pen.

Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by D. Vegas 3/4/2013
Pat, Very descriptive words of your sailboat and I believe one of your best poems.


Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 3/4/2013
So much in sync with life!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Budd Nelson 3/4/2013
what a scene of the entire port of berth
Reviewed by Karen Springer 3/4/2013
Love this! Shows perspective and how people can see beauty in different things that others may not. Lovely. (I am back after a long hiatus - good to see you on here.)
Reviewed by Janna Hill 3/3/2013
A lovely image you have created for the dreaded detested barnacle.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/3/2013
When we were younger, my friends and I used to use scuba tanks to go under boats and clean the barnacles off...made ten bucks a boat...not bad for 12 & 13 year olds in the mid 60's...thanks for a memory...e
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 3/3/2013
I long played along the shores of Maine down to Rhode Island and marveled at barnacles and their beauty. Some do not see this nor the designs left by them. I'm glad you do.

Love ya!


Reviewed by D Johnson 3/3/2013
Nice job, Pat, I could feel the water splashing up on the dock and the wind gently rolling...You paint a vivid picture in words.
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 3/3/2013
Quite a scene you have portrayed here, Pat. I worked many years offshore and you painted that dock scene/wharf perfectly. Nice write . . .

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